A 20-mile move has given custom injection molder Advantage Plastic Products Inc. a state-of-the-art facility and a lot more room.
The company moved in mid-July from 8,500 square feet of leased space in Manchester, N.H., to a 12,500-square-foot plant in a new industrial park in Concord, N.H.
``We were in mill space,'' said sales Vice President Joel Beaudette. ``This is set up for our operations and we can add on as needed.'' The new site offers Advantage space for more equipment and expanded secondary and assembly operations.
``Our strength is that we are very close to our customers a lot of our business is from referrals,'' Beaudette said.
The expansion came in response to requests for more service by the firm's base customers, he added.
``More and more were asking for finished products,'' he said, and now Advantage can offer them the whole package product design, prototyping, molding and assembly.
The company manufactures components for the electronics, sporting and outdoor markets. It also performs some medical molding. The new setup, which includes an epoxy floor, will allow Advantage to expand medical molding operations, according to Beaudette.
The company operates six injection presses, with 35-210 tons of clamping force three all-electric Niigatas and three hydraulic Toshibas.
Advantage bought land in November from Concord Regional Development Corp. Construction was completed in mid-July. The move was finished by Aug. 1, and since then, the company has added four employees, boosting its workforce to 15.
``We've been in business 10 years and growing each year. We've been profitable from the start,'' Beaudette said.